Shaun Alexander needed guidance when he was a young NFL player.
The former Alabama running back told TMZ Sports that he turned to former teammate Cortez Kennedy for tutoring on life skills early in his NFL career.
Kennedy, 48, died Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.
Alexander, who played for Alabama from 1996-99, remembers Kennedy and Ricky Watters as role models for him. His teammates invited him to watch a Miami-Notre Dame game early in his NFL career.
The topics of that day’s conversation ran from spending money to getting married while they munched nachos. They also watched Kennedy’s beloved alma mater throughout the afternoon.
It’s a big loss for Alexander after his friend’s passing. Kennedy was an eight-time Pro Bowl player during his 11-season career with the Seahawks.
They were together on the Seahawks’ roster for only Alexander’s rookie season in 2000. It was also Kennedy’s final season with the team.